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Join our investigation into the lives of the secluded Amish.

The Amish live as though it’s the 1800s, this means they tend to their fields with horses and handmade tools applicable to that time.

Where they live With farming at the center of their lives and their population rapidly expanding due to large families, the Amish, anxious not be influenced by modern ways, are always seeking out new land away from urban areas.

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They use no modern day technological assistance in their agricultural work.

There’s a consistent fashion among Amish men – beards without mustaches.

Miller and Sherry Gore’s memoir, scheduled for release next month, “The Plain Choice: A True Story of Choosing to Live an Amish Life.” And then there is a string of new titles released in the past year hinting there might be more to the story than sweetness and simplicity – memoirs by those who have left the Amish.

Those books include “Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish” by Ora-Jay and Irene Eash, “Beyond Buggies and Bonnets: Seven True Stories of Former Amish” by Brenda Nixon.

The Swartzentruber Andy Weaver group should not be confused with the Old Order Andy Weaver group.

In this three-way split the Andy Weaver group is the most conservative while the Joe Troyer group is at the other end of the spectrum, leaving the Mose Miller group somewhere in between.The reasoning behind this is that they are opposed to mustaches altogether, believing them to be a status for material wealth and a link to the military; both of which they don’t believe in.We aren’t sure how they linked everything up, but the way Amish men wear their hair, both head and facial, has become a very distinct feature, becoming their recognizing feature in comparison to secular men.And between 20, others self-published more than 150 Amish e-books, the Journal reported.There are nonfiction books, too, about those who have embraced the Amish lifestyle: “Called to Be Amish: My Journey from Head Majorette to the Old Order” by Marcene C.This group, known as the "Jeck Jeckey Leit" is now affiliated with the Nebraska Amish.